My Approach to Helping
I believe that any of us can get "stuck in a rut" and the key to pulling out of it is by learning to respond to life's stresses rather than react to them. The difference between response and reaction means that you are able to step back from a situation, understand your thought process and your goals in the moment and skillfully navigate even the most frustrating or anxiety provoking situations rather than act impulsively. My background in attachment theory, cognitive behavioral strategies including DBT and mindfulness-based practices allow me to successfully help those struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions and relationship problems. I am also trained in providing screening and treatment for eating disorders and distorted body image. A person may demonstrate several beliefs or behaviors that are red flags for any one of several eating disorders, including binge eating or other frequently co-occurring disorders, such as Anxiety, OCD, and Depression.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is located three blocks from beautiful downtown San Luis Obispo in a quiet, comfortable office shared with other therapists. We have designed the office to create a sense of calm from the moment you walk in. I am especially sensitive to the struggles and needs of women throughout the life cycle. I work to help clients develop a core sense of self and teach them the tools for change. My passion lies in assisting clients struggling with eating and body image disorders, including those who over-eat, or "yo-yo diet."
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I always ask new clients if they have been to therapy before and whether or not it was a positive experience for them. If a new client indicates to me that they have had a past negative experience in therapy I always want to know more about what happened that made them feel that therapy was not effective. Often, what I hear is that clients who felt "forced" to attend therapy by a parent or a significant other, seemed to have more negative outcomes. The other common factor in a negative experience happens when the client feels the therapist did not help them clearly identify personal goals for therapy. In the first session, I can help clients get to the heart of what it is that they are really seeking. I believe it is only when we are clear about what we want that we can set off on the right path.